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Pilot whales come ashore in Florida, 17 dead

General September 2, 2012

MIAMI (Reuters) – Twenty-two short-finned pilot whales beached themselves along Florida’s Atlantic coast on Saturday, and 17 died despite a day-long effort to save them, authorities said. Five calves and juveniles were rescued and taken to a nearby rehabilitation center, according to Carli Segelson of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. She said the others, males and females, died of natural causes or were euthanized. The creatures, which are the biggest in the dolphin family after killer whales, came ashore near Fort Pierce, on Florida’s south-central Atlantic coast. The U. …

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